Bytown is the former name of
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's capital city.
Located where the
Rideau Canalmeets the Ottawa River, it took its name from John Bywho, as Colonel of the British Engineers, was instrumental in the construction of the canal. Bytown was incorporated in 1850 and, upon incorporation into a city in 1855, was given the new name "Ottawa". Bytown straddled the canal, with Lower Town on the East side where the current Byward Marketand general area of Lower Townstill exists, and Upper Town to the West, situated in the area of the current downtown and Parliament Hill. The history of Bytown is covered in the main article on Ottawa. There is now a Bytown Museum in Ottawa, which happens to be the oldest stone building in the city. It is home to artifacts dating back to the era. The Rideau Canal also is the resting place of many fallen Irishmen who died while making the historic route; there is a monument dedicated to them. Bytown was a village to Richmond which was at the time the main military settlement.
Stony Monday Riot
* [http://www.bytownmuseum.com Musée Bytown Museum]
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